HalleluiahWritten by Teresa Clark
Music is testimony and memory.
For years our holiday season has been anchored by breath taking choir performances of Handel’s Messiah. As my children have participated in countless choirs over the years, the performances were extra special because of the joy radiating on their faces and the clear clarion sound of their voices wafting over us.
The music itself is, of course, inspired. It’s easy to understand why the King leapt to his feet the first time the Handel's Halleluiah Chorus was performed. Each time that score begins I can’t keep myself in my seat!
Music is testimony and memory. Even now, while it’s been several years since my youngest sang in such an ensemble, I can hear her voice whenever I witness a performance of The Messiah.
What memories does music trigger for you? Is there a special number that has been performed often by members of your family? For more ideas, check out our Music Story Starter.
A national award-winning storyteller, historian and author, she is best known for her original works and recollections of life's experiences blended with history. Teresa has presented and performed throughout the United States. Of her, it has been said, "Charming, witty, soulful, and wise, her performances are filled with a compelling sense of wonder and an irresistable zest for life." Her story work involves performance, education, production, and advocacy. From the main stage to individual consultations in living rooms across America, she delights in the excavation and sharing of family story. Most importantly, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother to her favorite playmates and best friends.
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